Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Prison Will See Mt Eden Women's Close

A new women's prison in Manukau will enable Mt Eden Women's Prison to close and will help tackle reoffending, says Minister of Corrections Matt Robson.

Matt Robson has announced the preferred site for the new Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility.

"I will seek a designation to build the prison on the site located off Roscommon Rd in Manukau City," says Matt Robson.

The new women's prison will serve the upper North Island area.

"Once this modern facility is up and running, I can close Mt Eden Women's Prison and end the transport of Auckland women to Wellington and Christchurch. They will not need to lose touch with their family, whanau and communities, which will help reduce re-offending.

"With a focus on rehabilitation, the new prison will help the reintegration of these women back into their communities."

The Department of Corrections has a shortage of over 60 beds for women inmates in Auckland. As a result, most women sentenced in the upper North Island are sent to Wellington and Christchurch.

"This shortage means children are being punished. Three-quarters of female inmates were looking after at least one child on their own before entering prison.

"The facilities at Mt Eden Women's Prison are old and inadequate, with no room for expansion. They do not promote rehabilitation."

Matt Robson will start the Resource Management Act process by the middle of the year, lodging a Notice of Requirement with the Manukau City Council. The Council will then call for submissions, giving the public another opportunity to have their say.

In the meantime, the Department will continue its consultation with neighbours and other key stakeholders.

Last month, Matt Robson announced the other site on the shortlist ? Price Rd ? was no longer available, as its vendor had entered into a purchase agreement with another party.

"The unavailability of the Price Rd site has had no impact on my decision to seek a designation on the Roscommon Rd site," he says.

"Both sites were subject to the same levels of technical scrutiny and public consultation even though at the eleventh hour, the Price Rd site was withdrawn."

Technical reports indicated siting a prison on Roscommon Rd would have fewer environmental effects than siting a prison on the Price Rd site. In the over 400 submissions the Department received on the shortlist, no preference was expressed for either one site or the other.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels